Devils shut out punchless Flyers

The Flyers' Scott Hartnell is checked into the boards by the Devils' Marek Zidlicky.
The Flyers' Scott Hartnell is checked into the boards by the Devils' Marek Zidlicky. (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff)
Posted: November 09, 2013

The Flyers and New Jersey Devils entered Thursday as the NHL's lowest-scoring teams, so it wasn't surprising that their matchup produced a game that only insomniacs would enjoy.

Devils 3, Flyers 0.

The Flyers, booed throughout the night at the Wells Fargo Center, fell to 4-10-1. They have scored a total of two goals in their last four games.

Two.

They have scored two goals or fewer in 14 of their 15 games.

"We're just not penetrating; we're not getting quality shots," said winger Wayne Simmonds, who led the Flyers with four shots. "We're thinking too much about passing instead of shooting."

The Flyers held a 15-minute, players-only meeting after the game. After the meeting, captain Claude Giroux patted team chairman Ed Snider on the back and had an animated discussion with him outside the locker room.

Giroux, goalless in his last 21 games going back to last season, left the building without talking to the media, leaving his teammates to explain another loss. The 25-year-old center (five hits, 11 of 16 faceoff wins) was minus-1 in the game and is minus-11 for the season.

New Jersey's Cam Janssen checked defenseman Andrej Meszaros off the puck and it led to Janssen's tip-in goal, which gave the Devils a 2-0 lead with 16 minutes, 59 seconds left. Janssen tipped in Adam Larsson's shot.

The way the Flyers are scoring - or not scoring - that seemed to seal their fate.

New Jersey, which dropped a 1-0 decision to the Flyers on Saturday in Newark, took a 1-0 lead as Adam Henrique tipped in Eric Gelinas' point drive just 1:57 into the game. With Meszaros in his face in the high slot, Henrique tipped the shot high and to the short side. Goalie Ray Emery, who blanked the Devils on Saturday, had no chance.

That was a bad sign for the Flyers, who haven't exactly had as many comebacks as Betty White. They are now 0-7 when allowing the first goal this season.

"I've got to get them to play better. That's my job," coach Craig Berube said. ". . . It's about competitiveness and a will to win - and doing a lot of little things right to win. Right now, we're not doing it."

Former Flyer Jaromir Jagr closed the scoring with an empty-net goal with 1.3 seconds left.

The Flyers were 0 for 3 on the power play (with a total of two shots). They are 6 for 60 (10 percent) on the season, 27th in the 30-team NHL.

Last season, they finished third in the NHL, with a 21.6 percent success rate.

"The power play was outworked tonight," Berube said. "That can't happen. You have to create momentum for your team, and they did not do that."

"When things aren't going good for you, you tend to look for the extra play instead of just throwing stuff at the net and you're able to get bounces - and you get the dirty goals," Simmonds said.

The Flyers entered the night averaging 1.57 goals per game, last in the league. They had few quality chances all night. Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who earlier in the week said he would consider waiving his no-trade clause, needed to make just 22 (mostly easy) saves.

"I hope it will never happen, but if there is a situation that could be really fun for me and really good for the Devils, why not?" Brodeur, 41, told the Newark Star-Ledger. "It's not like I'm going to play 25 more years here."

Brodeur notched his 122d career shutout, tops in NHL history, and his 12th against the Flyers.


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